Julia A. Flagg

Julia A. Flagg

Lenore Tingle Howard '42 Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2017

On sabbatical Fall 2018

Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Rutgers University
B.A., The College of New Jersey


Environmental sociology

Climate change

Costa Rica


Human ecology

Julia A. Flagg is interested in the conditions under which some nations made commitments to become carbon neutral and the process by which one nation, Costa Rica, made its pledge. She is also interested in environmental inequalities in disaster-affected communities, specifically those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Professor Flagg holds a bachelor of arts degree from The College of New Jersey, and master's degree and a doctorate from Rutgers University. She also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut. While at the University of Connecticut, she developed a new interest in water management in an era of climate change.

Professor Flagg brings a deep commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research to Connecticut College. She has previously taught introductory courses in sociology and human ecology. She also taught a course on structural inequalities in the U.S. in two correctional institutions as part of the Second Chance Pell Grant Program. At Connecticut College, she is thrilled to teach environmental sociology, environmental studies as a social science, and disasters. She looks forward to developing a course on coastal communities.

Flagg has published research in Environmental Sociology, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, and the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. She is currently developing publications about Costa Rica's process of adopting a carbon neutral pledge, as well as interdisciplinary research on water.

Recent conference presentations

  • Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, “Aiming for Zero: What Makes Nations Adopt Carbon Neutral Pledges?," 2015
  • Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, “Understanding the Role of State Power in National Climate Change Mitigation Efforts," 2014
  • Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, “Defining the storm: Impressions of Hurricane Katrina and the Influence on Social Relationships," 2013

Major or minor in sociology or environmental studies.

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Mailing Address

Julia A. Flagg
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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